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Prospective Music Students

A Comprehensive Musical Foundation

The Newberry College Department of Music offers a supportive, student-centered community that provides students with a comprehensive musical foundation. The Music department faculty and staff support students in developing their musicianship, creativity, critical thinking, leadership and personal growth through instruction, performance, scholarship and service. Our majors and concentrations allow students to tailor their degree program to their unique career pursuits and personal interests.


Nationally accredited though the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the department offers personalized instruction with an outstanding faculty of active performers who are also experienced teachers, we ensure that every student receives the personalized, attentive instruction essential to developing one's musical talent to the fullest. 


Our graduates include professional performers, music industry business professionals and choral and instrumental music educators who are leading successful school music programs throughout the region. Newberry Music alumni also have earned graduate degrees in programs throughout the United States.


Click here for more information about audition requirements, audition dates and how to schedule your audition.  

Music Major for a Day

​The Department of Music invites prospective students and families to spend a day on campus to learn more about college life for music students at Newberry. This event is open to all current high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a music degree in college. 

Click here to learn more about the Music Major for a Day program

How to Apply

Apply as a Music Major

All high school seniors applying as a music major at Newberry College must complete the following steps:

Schedule an Audition

In addition to completing an application for admission to Newberry College, students seeking admission to the Department of Music as a music major must audition. Auditioning for admission as a music major ensures that you will be considered for all Department of Music scholarship opportunities.

Click here for more information about audition requirements, audition dates and how to schedule your audition

Music Scholarships

The Department of Music offers dedicated scholarships for music majors, ensemble participation scholarships for all students regardless of major, and the Music Achievement Award scholarships for students who auditioned into an All-State or All-Region honors ensembles in high school.

Click here for details about music scholarship opportunities.


Newberry College offers all students, whatever their major, the opportunity to continue performing in college as a member of one of our music ensembles. Many of our ensembles present annual concert tours across the region, regularly appear at regional and national conferences, and  have been featured with professional orchestras at acclaimed venues. Ensemble participation is open to all students on campus and participation scholarships are available.

Click here to learn more about the variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles available at Newberry College

Schedule a Personal Visit

One of the best ways to decide if the Music program at Newberry College is right for you is to experience it! We encourage you to join us for our Music Major for a Day event in the fall or schedule a personal visit whenever it's convenient for you and your family. You'll have the opportunity to spend time on campus, learn about our programs and faculty and tour our facilities. For more information about scheduling a personal visit to campus, contact Music department chair Dr. Chris Sheppard at

Music Performance Honors Program

The Music Performance Honors Program recognizes outstanding student musicians who are NOT pursuing the Music in Performance major, but who are capable of performing at that level and who wish to complete the additional requirements for Performance majors. 

Click here to learn more about the Music Performance Honors Program

Music Student Handbook

Combined with the support you receive from Music department faculty and staff, this handbook will provide you with information about department policies and procedures, important forms, advising, information about juries and recitals and much more.

Click here to view the Music Student Handbook

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